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I got tired of kickstarting my TW and sprung for a batray. Followed some advice from the Airheads and went with a "Shorai" brand

About twice the price of a standard batray......but no acid, 1/6th the weight and 1/3rd the size. Supposedly longer life than

standard battery as well. Nothing bad about losing a few pounds on the TW and now theys some useable space in the battery box.

Being that I live in Commiefornia, I'll not be able to test cold weather functioning too easy but at seems to work pretty good so far.

Cutest little batray....not much bigger than 2D cells.

Keep riding

Will
 

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I bought a Shorai last May. Has worked well for me. I like the small size of it and the fact that its acid free. Yeah, its more expensive, but I thought I'd give it a try. In cold weather, I just turn the key on and let the battery warm up for a few minutes (per instruction manual) and I'll hit the starter and boom, it starts.



I don't plug it in to a battery tender. It holds its charge wonderfully. Problem with the Battery Tender is that it won't go into float mode while plugged into the Shorai, it just keeps charging. I didn't want to spend another 80 bucks on the Shorai charger/tender.



I had to use almost all the foam they supply with it so it wouldn't bounce around in the battery compartment.



I'm happy with it.
 

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Point37, never knew there was such an option. Great links, Thanks. Gerry
 

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you're welcome...there seems to be a lot more options out there for batteries...i belong to a few different forums (2 sportbike, 2 offroad, 1 supermoto and this one) so i sometimes remember different things that may help on other forums but the problem is i forget which forum i saw them on and the search function doesn't always help hehe
 

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I decided to give a Shorai a try for my 97 TW, & I freek'n luv it!! Installed it a month ago, & it has passed every torture test I could give it, short of the extreme cold weather test. One of the reviewers of the brand claimed it spun his ducatti much faster than any lead acid battery ever had, which I took with a big grain of salt. But don't let it's little size fool you, that thing does crank the TW over FAST, and will keep it cranking for longer than my lead acid battery did! I'm going to put one in my V-Star sometime soon, as I like the idea of not having to deal with battery acid in bikes, less corrosion, etc. Nuf said, m.
 

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Could you actually use a LiPo on the bike? I know lipos have special chargers so not sure how long it would last with the bike charging system
 

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This all sounds good, but I wonder about the one line I read,--"We recommend using these batteries in temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius."-- We have plenty of temps. below this. What do you think?????
 

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I've been very happy with this Battery. It's gone up 5 bucks but I've had no troubles what so ever and would buy it again if I need another. I've had it a little over a year now and it sits all winter with no charge. Started right up this spring after sitting for 4 months.



http://www.batterymart.com/p-ytz7s-agm-maintenance-free-battery.html
 

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Lithium polymer (li-po) and lithium iron phosphate (Shorai and similar batteries) are very different technologies. A ruptured containment membrane of a li-po is an instant fire/explosion. Bump--BOOM! Not acceptable for motorcycle use. LiFePO[sub]4[/sub] is more stable than a conventional wet battery. Good stuff.
 
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